A NEW owner is being sought for a well-known Otley guest house.

Dowgill House on Bondgate, which is a historic Grade II Listed building, is currently a thriving business.

The six bedroom property, which dates back to 1753, has now gone on sale for a price of £595,000.

The guest house, which also has planning consent to be transformed into a private home, has a five star rating on leading review website Tripadvisor.

The building is being sold by Dacre, Son & Hartley which believes it has plenty of features - including four first floor en-suite bedrooms, as well as two substantial former bedrooms in the upper storey which are currently used as the owners’ apartment - to attract buyers.

Its period features include:

*Old fireplaces and cornicing

*A Yorkshire range

*Exposed stone and timberwork

Dowgill House also has a cobbled, double fronted courtyard which provides a parking area along with an enclosed, southerly facing rear garden.

Tim Usherwood, who heads up Dacre, Son & Hartley’s Otley office, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to buy a beautiful and deceptively spacious building in the heart of Otley town centre.

“Dowgill House has a long history and has been sympathetically modernised to create a successful guest house that is immaculately presented, with an excellent reputation and lots of repeat trade.

“As a result it will appeal to both experienced accommodation providers and anyone considering a career change who is looking for a successful business, which is also a fantastic lifestyle opportunity, in a popular area close to stunning countryside.

“Alternatively, it also offers the opportunity to create a splendid home, in a historic building, right in the town centre. It already has four en-suite bedrooms and the attic space could be converted into an impressive home office, so it offers lots of options.”

The description on the company’s website adds: “Presently used as a thriving guest house but with consent to revert to a solely domestic use, this six bedroom Grade II Listed property is one of Otley’s most important houses.

“Extensively modernised yet retaining numerous period features and having parking to the front with southerly facing gardens to the rear. The property is situated within the heart of Otley centre.

“This market town provides an extensive range of quality shopping and recreational facilities. There are three national supermarkets and high quality independent shops, as well as well regarded schools.”

For further details call Dacre, Son & Hartley’s Otley office on (01943) 463321 or visit www.dacres.co.uk.